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  •  This is largely useless (1+ / 0-)
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    another year of tax credits for alternative energy (a huge job creator & win for the environment);
    since utility-scale wind and solar projects take much more than a year to plan, get financed, get permits, and get built.

    We needed a 5-10 year extension to have a real impact. This is just a band-aid - and another hostage to be taken a year from now.

    Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

    by bear83 on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 10:20:04 AM PST

    •  Agreed. (1+ / 0-)
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      This helps stave off the fossil fuel industry backlash, but a 5 or ten year extension would be much better.


      "God has given wine to gladden the hearts of people." Psalm 104:15

      by WineRev on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 10:45:45 AM PST

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    •  You're right, a long-term extension (0+ / 0-)

      would obviously be the best thing for the wind energy industry and for the country. But a 1-year extension isn't useless because it does help projects with initial financing and getting projects off the ground. Since the stimulus there have only been 1-year extensions of the tax credits every year and the wind energy industry has expanded greatly in this country partly because of it.

      "The only thing I would trust Dick Cheney on is if I had a dead hooker in my hotel room." --Jon Stewart

      by DemBrock on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 10:53:31 AM PST

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